Immigrant Practitioner Resources


  The resources in this part of the Directory are for individuals working in the field of PLAR. Individuals may work in number of different settings, including educational institutions, immigrant organizations, credential assessment organizations, regulatory bodies, government or business. The listings include province-wide organizations (with the mandate of advancing PLAR in that province) and institutions with strong resources and PLAR training courses.
Institution / Organization
& Website
Type of
Type of ResourceResource
DescriptionAlberta’s Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education released “Advancing PLAR in Alberta: an Action Plan” in 2008. Since then, work has been done to implement the plan in order to increase capacity for PLAR in Alberta’s advanced education system.
ContactTel: 780-422-9021
Type of ResourceWeb Resource
DescriptionBC PLAN is a network of individuals and organizations promoting increased access to post secondary credentials and skilled employment through the recognition of the skills and knowledge adults being to post-secondary institution, to business and to industries across BC.
ContactWhile the organization is still active, the website has increasingly dated material (as of Mar 2015, not updated since Apr 2013)
Institution/Organization & WebsiteThompson Rivers University – Open Learning
Type of ResourceResources
DescriptionPLIRC (Prior Learning International Research Consortium) aims to stimulate innovate and provocative research concerning the recognition of prior learning. Resources include a searchable research database and info about a “Handbook of the RPL.”
ContactKamloops & International: 250.852.6820
Canada Toll Free: 1.800.663.1663 x 6820
Type of ResourceResources/Tools
DescriptionNational organization conducting PLA research. In addition to resources for both practitioners and immigrants, CAPLA is working on two projects: Pan-Canadian RPL Quality Assurance Project and the RPL Messaging for Immigrant Coming to Canada Project.
Institution/Organization & WebsiteCanadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC)
Type of ResourceResources
DescriptionCurrently conducting research and undertaking pilot projects to develop and test systems and tools for both competency-based assessment and credential recognition. Pilots include one with Canadian Immigration Integration Project (CIIP) to create a Canadian Learning Transfer System, and with the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials, where the CICIC features profiles for many unregulated occupations, including those in tourism.
ContactTel: 613-231-6949
Institution/Organization & WebsiteCouncil of Ministers of Education (CMEC)
Type of ResourceResources
Description In the absence of any Federal Ministry of Education, CMEC provides any coordination between the provincial education ministries, which not only provide funding and policy for formal education and post-secondary education, but also for qualifications, regulated occupations, lifelong learning and RFP. Also provides information on qualification recognition for people who wish to come to Canada to study and work. CMEC’s mandate internationally is that of coordinating the collective responsibility of the provinces and territories for education where activities concerned require that Canadian educational authorities speak as a whole.
ContactTel: 416-962-8100
Fax: 416-962-2800
Type of ResourceResources
DescriptionProgramme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) - international assessment of the foundational information – processing skills required for participation in the social and economic life of advanced economies in the 21st century. Features key documents, emerging themes, analysis and relevant websites.
Type of ResourceResources
DescriptionProvides information on PLAR, including FAQs, RPL manual, Guide for Adult Learning Centres and PLAR Policy Framework.
Institution/Organization & WebsiteManitoba Prior Learning Assessment Network (MPLAN)
Type of ResourceResources
DescriptionMPLAN members participate in discussions, meetings and professional development opportunities to support and advocate for the recognition of prior learning. MPLAN was established in 1995 and has over 125 members represent organizations such as adult learning and literacy centres, employment and training programs, colleges, universities, immigrant-serving agencies, and governments.
Institution/Organization & WebsiteRed River College
Type of ResourceResources
DescriptionPLAR training: PLAR Foundation Training and Advanced PLAR Practitioner.
ContactRPL Professional Development:
RPL Facilitator, Deb Blower
Tel: 204-632-2065
Institution/Organization & WebsiteNew Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC)
Type of ResourceResources
DescriptionMulticultural Employment Support Network enables NBMC to assist Employment Counsellors working with newcomers by offering PLA-based service and support materials, shared resource networks and professional development opportunities.
ContactTel: 506-453-1091 x 2
Type of ResourceResource
DescriptionPromotes and facilitates the delivery of prior learning and assessment and recognition (PLAR) practices in New Brunswick through increased awareness, collaboration and common terminology and tools. NBPLAR Action Group is made up of 20 members who are PLAR stakeholders and invited by the Ministry of Postsecondary Education, Training and Labour to participate.
ContactClaudette Mazerolle
Tel: 506-444-3579
Type of ResourceTool, resource and service
Description“A Resource Manual for Competency Portfolio Development” designed to take practitioners and their clients through four specific steps and actions to produce a portfolio.
ContactTel: 705-749-0675
Institution/Organization & WebsiteSaskatchewan Polytechnic
Type of ResourceResources
DescriptionRPL Practitioner Advanced Certificate Program (distance education) introduces participants to the field of PLAR and include advanced training in PLAR practices for advising PLAR candidates and developing and implementing PLAR assessments.
ContactRPL Coordinator,
Grant MacTavish
Tel: 306-765-1521
Type of ResourceResources
DescriptionBrings together partners to discuss recognition of prior learning including portfolio development. It is comprised of partners from community agencies, educational institutions and government partners.
ContactTel: 709-579-6606
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